With special apologies to Clement Moore. I present a tradition……an updated, ‘Twas the Night Before D-Christmas for 2022
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The meters, CGMs, and supplies were put away with such care,
In hopes that Santa would bring the cure with him this year.
The children were nestled from head to their feeties,
While thoughts in their head were no more diabetes.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, she prayed for the cure too,
A dad still wonders what else could he do.
Remembering this year; and things we did see,
Like advancements and such were coming to be;
Away to the D-Community to see the latest big bomb,
Although in Europe it was great to see a brand new Dexcom.
As costs continue to rise and wallets get thin,
The fight continues for lower costs of insulin.
The community raised voices loud and concise,
At least our seniors will see a lowering of price.
It was great to see new warriors come to the government halls in mass,
Like Chicago’s 45th, that bought in Jennifer Ladisch Douglass.
It was a hugely tight race, it was exciting, and fun,
Now a new representative, and yes, she has type one.
Others will take the lead and we will all see
Better products, more work, and good advocacy.
Better pumps, insulin, and CGMS by the score,
There’s plenty coming and we’re screaming for more.
Could it be that this COVID mess is finally fading out,
Our cries for change will get loud cuz that’s what’s it about.
But onward we go staying positive all the way,
There’s so much to do, and it all starts today.
Fighting for many and trying to be fair,
Coverage for one, coverage for all, even with Medicare.
Human trials, products, not just for our self,
Diabetes tattoos, even CGM for an Elf on a Shelf.
The war against the cost of healthcare being so high,
Will get louder still and the masses will cry.
Something will get done we’ll come near and go far,
Our voices will be heard, our actions on par.
New science will show with new trials to start,
Provention Bio may bullseye with their new dart.
If anything stalls it, it will become a crime,
The proof will come, come it will also take time.
Many stepped up to help and grabbed at the ball,
Helping some was no good, it had to be all.
Helping others and giving so very deep,
Hours and days they all went and went without sleep.
When you look outside at the fresh fallen snow,
so many are doing and so many you don’t know,
Think of those who inspire and soon you’ll see,
Things will move forward and continue to be.
The life is not the greatest fighting this disease.
Continue to ask as you drop to your knees
That things will get better and rightfully quick,
Good things to come, and not all from St. Nick.
So listen carefully as you think what needs to be done,
If you have an idea, take it and run.
Don’t leave it to others; it’ll be just a few,
“Don’t do nothing” is what you really must do.
And if you think you’re done, tired, and feeling sort of sore,
Think of your loved one with diabetes, it’ll make you do more.
And if not for you, it will be for their sake,
We won’t stop at all till they get a break.
And then, in a twinkling, one day we’ll hear on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
And the only thing needed in Santa’s bag for sure,
Is when diabetes is gone because of a cure.
So we will all continue to work, the ‘where’ is up to you,
But you have to make the decision on something you’ll do.
And one day we’ll scream and exclaim, “diabetes is gone from sight,”
The Happiest Christmas ever, and to all a good-night!
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